Commonly known as the “lemon law”, the Minnesota motor vehicle warranty statute is here to protect us as consumers during the times we buy or lease a new vehicle that is still under the original manufacturer’s warranty.
What the Minnesota Lemon Law Requires:
- Manufacturers to honor time and mileage provisions of their written warranties
- Special arbitration, refund and replacement provisions for vehicles considered “lemons”
Which Motor Vehicles Are Covered Under The Minnesota Lemon Laws?
The Minnesota lemon law covers new motor vehicles purchased or leased in Minnesota.
- Passenger automobiles are covered
- Pickup Trucks are covered
- Vans are covered
- Van portions of RVs are covered
- Used vehicles still under manufacturer warranty are covered
In order to Make a Claim
- First report of a defect must occur within the warranty period or two years
- If the problem persists, claims are allowed into the third year
The Manufacturer’s Duty to Repair Under The Minnesota Lemon Law
The manufacturer or its authorized dealer must repair a motor vehicle in accordance with the terms of the warranty, even after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired, if:
- The motor vehicle has a defect or problem which is covered by the warranty; and,
- The problem has been reported by the vehicle’s owner within the warranty period, or within two years after delivery of the vehicle, whichever comes first.
For the full Minnesota Lemon Law Details, visit the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Page: http://www.ag.state.mn.us/consumer/cars/mncarlaws/mncarlaws_1.asp